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3.6 / 5Good
22 reviews


  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Free airport shuttle
  • Air Conditioning


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Cairns Night Markets
    3 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Esplanade Lagoon
    5 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Cairns Esplanade
    5 min walk
  • Airport
    Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.)
    7 min drive

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    About this area


    Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront is located in Cairns's Cairns Central Business District neighbourhood. Cairns Marlin Marina and Reef Fleet Terminal are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those in the mood for shopping can visit Cairns Night Markets and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Looking to enjoy an event or a game while in town? See what's happening at Cazaly's Stadium or Barlow Park.

    Popular Location

    What's nearby

    • Cairns Night Markets - 3 min walk
    • Cairns Aquarium - 5 min walk
    • Esplanade Lagoon - 5 min walk
    • Cairns Esplanade - 5 min walk
    • Cairns Marlin Marina - 8 min walk

    Getting around

    • Cairns Station - 14 min walk
    • Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) - 7 min drive

    About this property

    Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront

    Along with coffee/tea in a common area, this smoke-free hostel has a microwave in a common area and a fridge in a common area. Free continental breakfast, free WiFi in public areas and free airport pick-up are also provided. Other amenities include free use of bicycles, laundry facilities and tour/ticket assistance. Rooms offer complimentary wireless Internet access and showers.

    Property amenities


    Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
    Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

    Parking and public transport

    No on-site parking available
    Free pick-up airport shuttle from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

    Food and drink

    Free continental breakfast available daily 8 AM–10 AM
    Coffee/tea in a common area

    Things to do

    Free bike hire

    Family friendly

    Laundry facilities


    Lockers available
    No lifts
    Reception hall

    Guest services

    Daily housekeeping
    Front desk (limited hours)
    Laundry facilities
    Luggage storage
    Tour/ticket assistance

    Languages spoken



    BBQ grill(s)
    Picnic area


    Shared microwave
    Shared fridge
    Smoke-free property
    TV in reception

    Room amenities


    Air conditioning


    Hairdryer (on request)
    5 - Excellent
    4 - Good
    3 - Okay
    2 - Mediocre
    1 - Poor
    Service and Staff
    Property condition


    • Disliked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities

    our first room smelled of mold and mildew. The staff moved us to a second room which did not smell but was very humid. Showers were clean but there were not enough of them. Washer/dryer was constantly in use by property cleaning staff. no air conditioned common areas. Wifi was terrible.

    Stayed 1 night in Oct 2019


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      Stayed 1 night in Jun 2019

      4/5 Good

      • Liked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities

      I really liked the location of this hostel. Good price, good beds, warm showers, good wifi. Easy to book tours. It’s more of a quiet hostel not the party type.

      Stayed 4 nights in Apr 2019

      5/5 Excellent

      • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities

      Really clean and modern. AC worked amazingly which is really needed in the humidity of cairns. Bed comfy and nice linens. Bar on site decent prices, noise kept to a minimum never an issue during my stay. Free pancake breakfast :)

      Stayed 4 nights in Jan 2019

      4/5 Good

      • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities

      I had to change my travel plans last minute and they were very accommodating

      Stayed 14 nights in Nov 2018

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